Jasmin Moghbeli, astronaut from Baldwin, took off on a SpaceX ship on August 26 for a space mission.
The SpaceX Crew-7 took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida early August 26. On the crew were four astronauts from four different countries. They are on a current mission to the International Space Station.
The crew reached the ISS on August 27 and swapped places with four other astronauts who had been living there since March.
Moghbeli graduated from Lenox Elementary School and Baldwin High School in 2001. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering with information technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Moghbeli is also a U.S. Marine Corps major and test pilot, having accumulated more than 1,600 hours of flight time and 150 combat missions. At the time of her candidacy selection in 2017, NASA representatives said, Moghbeli was testing H-1 helicopters and serving as the quality assurance and avionics officer for Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 of the U.S. Marine Corps in Yuma, Ariz. She has been awarded four Air Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and other commendations.
“For me, it all actually really started at Lenox when I was in sixth grade,” Moghbeli said in a Herald article in 2020, recalling a book report she did on Valentina Tereshkova, a Russian cosmonaut who was the first woman in space. “It was that book report that really got me excited about becoming an astronaut and introduced me to that possibility, that that’s something I can do . . . and now I’m lucky enough to be here today and living out that dream.”
In March, Moghbeli visited the Baldwin School District to speak and interact with students. Moghbeli visited Lenox Elementary School, dressed in her space suit, to take part in a Balloon Rocket Challenge with young fourth and fifth graders. In the challenge, they explored concepts like lift, and thrust.
Moghbeli then visited the Baldwin High School and met with students on a plane design challenge, and a discussion STEM and engineering careers. She then joined students in the high school’s learning collaboratory and answered questions by students and staff.